Luongo drama finally ends with trade from Canucks to Panthers

Vancouver Canucks goalies Eddie Lack (left) and Roberto Luongo head to the locker room for the...

Vancouver Canucks goalies Eddie Lack (left) and Roberto Luongo head to the locker room for the second intermission during the Heritage Classic game against the Ottawa Senators at BC Place in Vancouver, March 2, 2014. (ANNE-MARIE SORVIN/USA Today)

Chris Stevenson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:45 PM ET

So, with just less than 24 hours to the NHL trade deadline, Twitter almost broke.

What’s it do for an encore Wednesday?

The Tuesday trade of Roberto Luongo by the Vancouver Canucks to the Florida Panthers, which had so many different tangents and layers, had my timeline gushing like a firehose.

An impending deal involving a Canuck had been rumoured, but it was Luongo’s teammate, Ryan Kesler, who was the subject of most of the talk.

Luongo was dealt to the Panthers for young goaltender Jacob Markstrom, who hasn’t progressed as fast as the Panthers and their fans would have liked, and forward Shawn Matthias.

This is a classic case of a trade that might wind up hurting both teams.

The Panthers, who are in a serious rebuild (or should be), now have a 34-year-old goaltender with an onerous contract with eight years to run and a 39-year-old in Tim Thomas (though Thomas could be gone before Wednesday’s deadline).

The Canucks, just three years removed from the 2011 Stanley Cup final, have now dealt away Cory Schneider and Luongo and have inexperienced Eddie Lack and Markstrom in net.

What are the Canucks doing? They signed the Sedins to contract extensions, but have been in talks to move Kesler, who, might have been the best two-way forward in the game during the Canucks run to the final.

They deal away Luongo and go way young in nets.

Rebuilding? Retooling?


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